Click here for the 2018 ACCG Policy Agenda recommendations
made by the association's seven policy committees. These recommendations
will be reviewed by ACCG's Policy Council on September 22nd in
The Policy Council will then set the 2018 ACCG Policy Agenda
to be voted on by the full membership at the Legislative Leadership Conference
(LLC) in Augusta/Richmond County on Thursday, October 12th at 1:30 p.m.
It is important that you review these committee
recommendations by noon on Thursday, September 21st.
If you would like to amend a policy recommendation, you may
do so by:
1. Using this amendment
2. Contacting a member of the
Policy Council (click here for their contact information).
Note: All amendments should be submitted by noon on Thursday,
The primary charge of the Legislative Leadership Conference
is for Georgia's county commissioners to consider policies to be adopted by the
ACCG membership and other business that may come before the body. County
commissioners will vote on the 2018 Legislative Agenda and Priorities during
the business session on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1:30 p.m. Please be sure to
appoint your county voting delegate by Friday, Sept. 22, to ensure your county
is represented during this important session.
Click here to obtain the voting delegate form. All
forms should be scanned as an email attachment and sent to Nicole Butler
(email@example.com) or faxed to (404) 525 -2477 addressed to her attention.
While many in Texas are still
reeling from Hurricane Harvey, another Hurricane – Hurricane Irma – is headed
towards the United States. While it is too early to tell Irma’s impact, those
potentially in its path should make preparations for possible landfall.
Courtesy of the ACCG – Interlocal Risk Management Agency (IRMA), see the
attached Hurricane Checklist on how to deal with the hurricane before, during
and after the event.
GEFA will open the solicitation period for the 2018 Clean Water
and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) on October 2, 2017, at 9:00
The SRFs provide low-interest financing for publicly-owned water
and wastewater projects. Applications for 2018 SRF financing should be
submitted during the solicitation period. Eligible projects will be considered
for inclusion on the 2018 Clean Water or Drinking Water Intended Use Plan
For the 2018 solicitation, there are some important updates to the
project ranking criteria:
for principal forgiveness will focus on affordability criteria from the
U.S. Census Bureau:
- Median household income below or equal to $39,696
- Population decreased or remained the same
- Unemployment rate of 6 percent or higher
type was removed from the affordability criteria.
on small systems (defined as 10,000 or fewer customers) and projects that
have a public health compliance benefit.
Online pre-applications will be accepted from October 2, 2017,
through December 29, 2017, at gefa.georgia.gov. For more
information, call 404-584-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first-ever national Rail Safety Week, a
joint effort by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the national rail
safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), will take place
September 24-30, 2017. Believe it or not, a person or vehicle in the U.S. is
hit by a train about every three hours. In fact, 95 percent of all rail-related
deaths involve drivers going through a crossing or a person on the tracks. The
goal of the week is to raise awareness, encourage rail safety education and
empower the public to make smart decisions near railroad crossings.
For railroads, safety is an
all-year, round-the-clock priority. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
statistics announced earlier this year show that 2016 was the safest year on
record for freight railroads. Last year not only marked the lowest train
accident rate on record, but likewise the lowest derailment rate, which
declined 10 percent from 2015. These gains are not anomalies, but examples of
how steady rail investment pays safety dividends. For example, since railroads
were economically deregulated in 1980, they have spent over $630 billion and
the train accident rate has decreased 79 percent.
Christy Sammon is a State Director
at GoRail, a national non-profit promoting the benefits of freight
railroads. She can be reached at
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